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Knights of the Zodiac Vol 1

Hideyuki Tanaka , T˘ru Furuya , Yasuhito Kikuchi    Unrated   DVD
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2.0 out of 5 stars i like the opening of this english version anime July 4 2004
By robot17
Format:DVD
hello!
i know that most of you don't like the censore version of saint seiya in the American Cartoon Network and specially that now they are selling the censore version of the dvd's whiout the un-cut version in them.
i never had the chanse to see the american version of ss, like most of you because i live in Panama.
and in the Cartoon Network LA that we have here, they are broadcasting ss with it original opening(in spanish version of course)and also un-cut just like i wash it 10 years ago...
but like most of you, the only thing i like a lot of the censore version of ss in USA, is the new opening they put in, that 80's song called "I Ran", yes i also love and miss the 80's years and specially the songs.
somehow i think this new opening "i ran" that they put to ss, is good for the anime, since that song talk about a man that love a girl and that he can stop thinking about that girl, and every one here knows very well that seiya is in love with saori/athena and vice versa, and also the others bronce saints have their girlfriends too(and in the manga you are to see more PROOF of that, specialy in shun with June), so this 80's opening goes well with the anime of ss(in american versio and the original version)beside ss is also an 80's cartoon and manga and also the storyline itseft it beging in the 80's(read the vol 1,2 and 3 of the manga/comic book, and you will see what i'm talking about).
chereti andio!
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Look, I'm not even sure what the point of this release is. ADV Films is already putting out a release of Saint Seiya that is uncut and uses the original music and even includes an alternate english Dub (one where the actors can actually ACT).
"Knights of the Zodiac" is just crap. The characters no longer have distinct personalities--they're just a bunch of teenagers with surfer dude accents. It's like watching an insanely bad version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, except it's even worse in this case because their personalities totally contradict their upbringing (they were all sent off to harsh training programs in distant countries yet they all come back as flippant airheads?)
The music is bland, nothing you'll remember, except maybe the opening theme, which is a re-sung version of Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran" (it doesn't seem to be the exact same song... both me and a friend of mine who is into music seemed to notice that this version doesn't even sound as good as the real thing).
Finally, there's the dialogue. Not only is there a lot of extrenuous dialogue added (that is, characters talk just for the sake of talking, which often sounds stupid) but often the tone of their voice doesn't even match their facial expressions. In one episode, Seiya stares in shock at an enemy yet makes a flippant comment about his enemy's fashion sense. It's totally contradictory and makes the show hard to watch.
Once more, the original Saint Seiya is available in English on Region One DVD. Just do a search for "Saint Seiya" here on Amazon, and buy that DVD instead. Furthermore, "Saint Seiya" DVDs have five episodes instead of four, so "Knights of the Zodiac" is nothing but a complete waste of money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An Abberation Feb. 23 2004
By Noelix
Format:DVD
Knights of the Zodiac is the butchered version of the classic anime Saint Seiya, which originally came out in 1985 and was a worldwide hit (it did not hit US shores until August 2003). The cartoon itself is almost mind-numbing in that the feeling they want to convey through the music is that the action ever stops. The music, by the way, is not the original orchestrated work done for Saint Seiya, but new synth music without any major themes, only background noise. So, when you watch an episode, you're hit with characters talking in monotone over cheap synth music, and it's very grating to the ears because there is no break in that equation for the entire length of any episode. As for the translation itself, suprisingly they keep the term of "cloth" for the zodiac armor the "knights" wear. Other than that, there was a major change in the character of Saori, who is the heiress to the Garaude (sp?) Foundation, which is in charge of the Galaxian Tournament between the Saints. In KOTZ, Saori becomes Sienna the Princess. Princess of what we never find out, but that's the story. As noted in another review, the blood is turned blue, making you think this is an advertisement for Gatorade. It made me laugh watching it quite frankly. As for any physical contact between the characters during actual action, most of those scenes have been cut right out, so you'll see Seiya for example jump forward, then a flash, and then he's on the other side of the bad guy. You're wondering what the heck just happened because you didn't see anything, so the bad guy explains it to you: "One lucky punch and you think you can stop me???" (he is clearly grabbing where his ear used to be as it has been cut off, and the blood pouring out has been turned purple). Overall recommendation, if you buy it you're wasting your money. Get the Saint Seiya DVDs, which are excellent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars And You Ran. You Ran So Far Away. April 14 2004
By Kit
Format:DVD
"Saint Seiya" is a classic. "Knights of the Zodiac" is not. And that's unfortunate. The original materials had a lot of potential to be a hit. It could've been the next "Dragonball Z", or even the next "Pokemon". But, no. DIC's reckless butchering made this show terrible to watch, with its rewritten dialogue, heavily edited fights, and mediocore music. I hate to say this, because edited or not, this show is still "Saint Seiya" to me, but please -- stay away from this. The only thing that was remotely good about "Knights of the Zodiac" is the theme song, a cover of A Flock of Seagull's "I Ran (So Far Away)". If you are even slightly interested in "Knights of the Zodiac", then do yourself a favor and get the original "Saint Seiya" DVDs. You won't regret it.
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